The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector Reviews

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 28, 2011
The overall effect is as elaborate and fascinating as one of Spector's musical productions from the '60s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
January 28, 2011
Spector may be a paranoid loon with blood on his hands, but he's also a fascinating, tragic case study in splendid isolation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bret Milano
Boston Phoenix
January 20, 2011
Songs by the Crystals, the Righteous Brothers, and Ike & Tina Turner are about all that come out of this movie unscathed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 17, 2011
This is an unusually formatted documentary that, in other hands, may have concentrated on the trial instead of the music but this makes for an imaginative and entertaining document
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 16, 2011
...Jayanti's taken a unique approach, and the producer who emerges is a very flawed and strange man but undisputed musical genius.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 6, 2011
Even with Spector's dark obsessions and current prison address, you can't dismiss his music's power, or its influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 29, 2010
The melody has gone for a flawed musical genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 17, 2010
Murderer or not, the man is a musical genius, and Jayanti's film makes that abundantly, even tragically clear...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 2, 2010
It's disconcerting but strangely effective -- you get a sense of different aspects of the man, coexisting as one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 16, 2010
The movie isn't interested in whether or not Spector is a murderer, but it gives him a chance to clear the air, and perhaps find a moment of peace for himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 10, 2010
A documentary examination of the genius, madness, arrogance and abject insecurity of rock music's most famous record producer.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 9, 2010
Filmmaker Vikram Jayanti anti-Michael Moore-ishly absents himself and allows his heretofore reclusive, acidly humorous subject to hang himself or not.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
July 2, 2010
Falls somewhere directly between Court TV and VH-1 ... a fairly thorough portrait of [Spector] both as an eccentric but tormented artist and as an arrogant blowhard whose hubris may have been his undoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
July 2, 2010
Spector is mesmerizing, exasperating, and a number of other adjectives besides.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 30, 2010
engaging, illuminating and occasionally funny, but awkwardly and distractingly blends Spector's songs and murder trial footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.20/10
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Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2010
What makes Ecstasy essential viewing for any pop-music fan and any student of celebrity pathology is the interview itself.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 30, 2010
Currently serving out a sentence that will likely consume the remainder of his life, Spector turns the interview into a trial on his own terms -- one that's gripping, revelatory, and a little self-incriminating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Fear
Time Out
June 30, 2010
This portrait of the eccentric artist provides ecstasy via singers performing his greatest hits, and agony as Spector glowers through his original 2007 (mis)trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
June 30, 2010
Fascinating psychobiography of an enigmatic rock 'n' roll legend-turned-tabloid sensation through his music and a frustrating interview on his bitterness and grudges.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 30, 2010
A landmark documentary about the man who created music's "Wall of Sound."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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